To me, the most beautiful street in the French Quarter is Royal Street. The variety of architecture is amazing! From the mellowed brick 200 year old town homes to the early Victorian wooden frame buildings, each one is a delight. And, the balconies with their flowering vines are just icing on the cake!
The shops that occupy these buildings are also a feast for the eye. Antique shops glitter with twinkling crystal chandeliers, and dress shops entice us to enter. (Oh, the dollars spent here!)
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
One of my favorite streets in the French Quarter is St. Peter Street. This street is a jumble of all the old and fascinating architectural styles which are unique to New Orleans: The three story townhouses, the quirky servants’ quarters with their oddly pointed roofs, and the Creole Cottages with their massive old shuttered doors. There are also plenty of wrought iron balconies, arched carriage ways, and high connecting wooden fences with doors in them, leading where? All are jammed up against each other. So much going on, so compressed; and behind this facade, is a labyrinth of connected passageways, beautiful courtyards and huge glass French doors.
And St. Peter Street jumps with activity, night or day, with every conceivable type of business: The famed Pat O’Brien’s, the Jazz Preservation Hall, Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo Shop, The Gumbo Shop restaurant, the Krazy Korner music club, a Lucky Dog cart, and on and on…… This street rocks and jives with laughter, lights and music, and is not one to. be missed.
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Monday, June 8, 2015
I first fell in love with Jackson Square on an incredibly 100 degree plus day in June. As my husband and I walked into the Square, I was amazed to see that there were throngs of tourists; and there were families… all smiling, laughing and seemingly oblivious to the heat!
This was their family vacation, and Jackson Square was at the hub of it all. A local brass band in front of the St. Louis Cathedral boomed out tunes with a beat that no one could ignore. (You gotta love what these local musicians can do with a tuba!) A street performer, covered with metallic spray paint, enthralled the kids as he “transformed” from a construction worker into a race car. And Art was everywhere! Hundreds of paintings were hung from the Square’s magnificent iron fence. And the artists, just as colorful as the artwork, were all on hand to engage in conversation.
Carriages drawn by very good looking mules (in my estimation) were doing a brisk business, hauling everyone through the French Quarter; their drivers giving the unbelievably exciting history of New Orleans. There is always something new to learn on these tours, because the history of this city is so dense and so rich. Tales of pirates, yellow fever, ghosts, and military battles will leave one breathless. The beginnings of New Orleans were not easy!
It was at this moment that I realized I was in the living, breathing heart of the French Quarter. The beautiful architecture (built over the centuries by the French, Spanish, and even an enterprising 19th Century woman) is still in use as shops, museums and restaurants. These buildings surround the square in a warm and intimate way, gently blurring the line between the past and the present, gently weaving that old New Orleans’ spell that makes us want to return again and again.
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Friday, July 18, 2014
There is a plan to bring this streetcar back to the French Quarter, which seems like the perfect New Orleans' answer to "Life Imitating Art."
I used a very old black & white photograph of the Desire Streetcar running down Bourbon Street as an inspiration for this painting. (Most people remember that it ran down Royal Street, but it also ran down parts of Bourbon Street too.)
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Friday, April 11, 2014
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
We fist discovered Frenchmen Street in February of 2006 (the Winter after Hurricane Katrina). At that unfortunate time, the French Quarter was still pretty deserted, and someone told us to take a short walk into the neighborhood of Marigny if we wanted to hear some good local music.
Our spirits were uplifted the minuted we arrived at the small three block business district! The street was a little dark; but lights, music and laughter spilled out onto the sidewalk from crowded small clubs. That night we became fans of Cafe Negril, Snug Harbor, The Spotted Cat, and DBA, where the music ranged from jazz, to reggae to funk.
Since that time, Frenchmen street is the place we go to the most, and now we're acquainted with Adolfo's Italian Creole restaurant (above the Apple Barrel) and the atmospheric Frenchmen Hotel with its cozy, lush courtyard and balcony views. And, we've added new music clubs like the Blue Nile, and Maison to our list of favorites. We go back time after time to see our favorite musicians, KermitRuffins and the TBC Brass Band. I still can't get over the fact that you can hear some of the country's best music in such small intimate clubs!
Frenchmen Street is a real everyday street with a grocery, a book store, a fire station, a record store, and a coffee shop, but it's also a concentrated spot of local culture will soon hit its prime. I just hope it doesn't lose its friendly neighborhood feeling where visitors can go and experience the real New Orleans.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Starting out as an import house in 1806, it is purported to have been the location where the pirate Jean La Fitte and General Andrew Jackson hatched their plans for the 1812 Battle of New Orleans. Later in 1815, it became a rough a tumble saloon called Aleix's Coffee House." Then in 1874 it was the site of the invention of the strong liqueur, Absinthe. The reputation of this drink was so infamous that it was outlawed in the United States as a drink that could lead to insanity and the ruination of all who drank it.
Today, after careful renovation, much remains original, and it's a great step back in time to enter, look up at the old beams and sit by the the ancient fireplace with your favorite drink in hand, and drift back through time.
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Monday, February 18, 2013
I must admit that I am not usually a fan of parades, but the floats were absolutely breathtaking! They were illumined against a twilight sky by hundreds of lights and by kerosene torch bearers called the "flambeaux," a custom that goes back to the very beginnings of Mardi Gras. Everyone in the crowd was there to see a child in a band or a relative on a float, and to catch trinkets and beads which flew through the air.....all very small town in feeling, all very friendly. Total strangers gave me theirs fanciest beads because I was not very good at catching them myself.
It doesn't matter that many of the stories behind all the complicated and somewhat baffling traditions may have been forgotten, what matters is that this is a time when everyone joins together in a spirit of community.
This painting, "Endymion," was commissioned last year by Scott Colomb, a member of the (Krewe of Endymion) who taught me more about about the culture of New Orleans.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
For some of us, we dream of New Orleans, when we are not there. What is it about New Orleans which captures the hearts and imaginations of so many? It is a city where we can walk among the ghosts of those earliest settlers who carved a unique culture out of an often treacherous swamp. It is a place where despite the hardships of epidemics, fires, and floods, its people have endured and triumphed down through the centuries. It is a modern urban center; but it is also a mystical, ethereal dream carried on a breeze, drifting out over the evening, casting a spell over those who are willing to believe.
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Friday, July 13, 2012
These are homes to families, not the super rich who drop by occasionally. If to spend a couple of delightful hours, take a stroll through this neighborhood some late Sunday afternoon. You will be thoroughly entertained!
This painting, "Uptown Tonight" was commissioned by the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Richmond Virginia.
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Saturday, March 31, 2012
It's been about a month since our last trip to New Orleans, but I can still remember how beautiful the early morning is in the French Quarter. I was standing on the balcony of our hotel on Chartres Street looking towards Esplanade Avenue, and the sun was just coming up. All of a sudden the buildings at the end of the street took on an incredible glow. There were soft pinks and yellows and wonderful shades of purples and lavenders. It only lasted for a few minutes, but I grabbed my camera and got a few shots. As soon as we got back to Illinois, I got out my paints and tried to get the scene down on canvas.
I love all the excitement and glitter of New Orleans, but this quiet and tranquil scene of the old Vieux Carre' is one that I will always remember. This fleeting moment in time was another facet of this complicated and truly alive city called New Orleans.
This large original oil painting was recently sold at Kako Gallery on Royal Street in the French Quarter.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
The Live Oaks in New Orleans' City Park are a sight to behold! Their large twisted branches, covered with Spanish Moss, spread out over the old Metairie Bayou, offering a deep and tranquil shade. Many of these ancient oaks are over 600 years old. They are called "live" because their branches are never bare; dropping leaves are replaced by new leaves almost at the same time. To walk among these ancient giants is an awe inspiring experience! To learn more about City Park visit: http://neworleanscitypark.com/live_oaks.html
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Monday, February 27, 2012
A friend mentioned that the building was built in 1832, and the inside has the appearance of a 1930's jazz club with masonary arches and a delicate hand-painted border of marine life around the ceiling. All this is left untouched; but more recently an artist has added a huge expressive mural which covers one whole wall. It is these layers, built up over time, which make this place so interesting.
I painted this painting last summer after our Spring trip to New Orleans. It was recently sold at the Kako Gallery in New Orleans, and is currently displayed on the Blue Nile's website. www.bluenilelive.com While it is not a portrait of Sam Williams of "Big Sam's Funky Nation," who often appears at the Blue Nile; he was the inspiration for the trombone player.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
When you take an evening stroll down New Orleans' Chartres Street, you are instantly transported back to a time of flickering gas lanterns, doors shuttered for the night, and the sound of a carriage clattering down narrow streets. You walk past mysterious darkened carriage ways with enormous iron gates. You may hear water dripping from the lush vines which hang from the balconies overhead, or the hushed whispers of lovers as they hurry past you on the slate covered sidewalk. But, this is not a dream or a Hollywood sound stage. This is the year 2012 in the French Quarter, where people live and work amidst the layers of New Orleans' history. And, Harry's Corner Bar takes its place in this historic neighborhood. It is immersed in the hazy memories of the past which seem to seep from every old brick wall, from every heavy wooden door. Harry's is a vibrant neighborhood gathering place, but it is also a part of the intricate weaving of the fabric of the French Quarter; where the past and the present merge in perfect, beautiful harmony.
This large, original oil was commissioned by a patron in Louisiana.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
An expression of joy, a statement of individuality, these are the homes of New Orleans, which can be found in all the old neighborhoods.
The humble 19th Century shotgun house, long and narrow, will often soar to spectacular design heights. Some of these frame dwellings will run the gamut with elaborate Victorian mill work, stained glass windows, or 2nd story additions. Usually, they will all be painted in a wide range of colors. And, in the glorious New Orleans light, a street full of color is a beautiful sight to see.
The early 20th Century bungalow style of home is not to be out-done! They boast massive square or round porch columns. (Columns are not just for mansions, you know.) And, often their foundations are raised, some raised a whole story, with elaborate steps and ground floor entrances. Bright Caribbean colors are often the choice, and stained glass windows can also be found.
The homes in neighborhoods like Bywater, Marigny and Treme reflect the personality of New Orleans, colorful, proud, and individualistic.
This painting, entitled "Moon Over New Orleans" is for sale at Kako Gallery in the French Quarter. For information on purchasing please contact me. SOLD
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